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  • "The lesser prairie-chicken is in dire straits," said Dan Ashe, director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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  • The prairie chicken, a type of grouse known for its colorful neck plume and stout build, has lost more than 80 percent of its traditional habitat, mostly because of human activity such as oil and gas drilling, ranching and construction of power lines and wind turbines, Ashe said.

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